Indigenous Mobilization in Oaxaca, Mexico: Towards Indianismo?

Geralyn Pye, David Jolley

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    This article argues that indigenous mobilization in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico has been based on a pragmatic, fluid and flexible identity that is strategically adapted to the particular circumstances. The principle concerns of the indigenous movements discussed here are resource access and control in the context of Mexican capitalist modernization. Further, it is argued that Indian organizing in this part of Mexico must be understood within a socio-economic structure in which a ruling class of merchants aided by their politico-bureaucratic collaborators dominates the state of Oaxaca. Comparisons with other regions, notably Chiapas, in light of different methods of capital accumulation and their concomitant class structures and relations, rather than research based solely on identity politics in the postmodern sense, would, we suggest, make a valuable contribution to expanding our knowledge of Mexican Indian movements in the context of capitalism and indigenismo.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-195
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Iberian and Latin American Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


    • Class Mexico
    • Identity
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Oaxaca
    • Political mobilization
    • Socio-economic structures


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